SHORT HILLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As authorities continue to probe the bombings that hit the Boston Marathon a day earlier, some runners from the Tri-State Area who took part in the race told their stories of survival on Tuesday.
Among them was Richard Helmer, of Short Hills, N.J., who had been running in his 13th Boston Marathon.READ MORE: NYPD: 2 Gunmen Wanted After 10 Shot In Front Of Queens Business; 'A Brazen, Coordinated Attack'
Helmer had just crossed the finish line. He was cold, exhausted and hobbling when the first blast shook the ground beneath him.
“Much more than a cannon and then I heard a second explosion and that was even more worrisome. I was afraid it would be in the VIP stands,” he told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.